Michael Solomon is an established entrepreneur with a strong desire to help people, a sharp eye for business, and a commitment to making a difference. The four organizations he’s helped found — for-profit and nonprofit alike — share a common goal of improving people’s lives.
He began his career working with Jon Landau Management on several Bruce Springsteen tours, followed by a three-year stint at Epic Records and Sony Music. Then, at age 25, his entrepreneurial spirit took over and he’s never looked back, co-founding four companies — three by the time he was 30.
More than 20 years ago, Michael co-founded Brick Wall Management with Rishon Blumberg, his close childhood friend. What started as a music management company that managed, marketed, and shaped the careers of musicians like John Mayer, Citizen Cope, and Vanessa Carlton, now includes a consulting business that touches nearly every angle of the arts.
In 2007, Brick Wall expanded its roster to include award-winning and chart-topping songwriters, producers, and directors like Marshall Altman, Michael Counts, Jarett Bellucci, and Adam Landry, and entertainment consulting clients like Young & Rubicam, Bruce Springsteen, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Miramax, and The Clive Davis School of Recorded Music at New York University.
Collectively, Brick Wall’s roster has earned more than 12 Grammy Award nominations and four wins, multiple Emmy Award nominations and two wins, and more than 10 million albums sold, resulting in multiple platinum and gold records.
In 2012, Michael co-founded 10x Management with Rishon, as well as a third partner who exited the company in early 2016. By bringing decades of experience managing musicians, directors, and other creative entities to the technology sector, 10x has created an entirely new concept in this sphere. 10x has rocketed to the forefront of its industry, carving out its place as a trusted and exclusive resource for companies seeking the best and most coveted freelance tech experts.
Michael remains at the center of the conversation about the tech talent shortage and the future of the industry. He frequently appears on TV, including MSNBC, Bloomberg, BBC, and Al Jazeera.10x has also been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, Mashable, The New Yorker and The Economist.
Michael has been honored for his extensive nonprofit work, which includes serving as the pro-bono administrator for The Kristen Ann Carr Fund (KACF), an organization dedicated to finding treatment and a cure for sarcoma and improving the lives of all cancer patients. It’s a cause close to his heart — it was founded in 1993 after his girlfriend of four years, Kristen Carr, lost her battle with sarcoma, and it has raised more than $18M as of this writing.
KACF inspired Michael to co-found Musicians On Call, a nonprofit that brings live music to the bedsides of hospital patients. MOC currently has programs in 18 cities nationally — and counting. The organization and Michael have been featured on countless news and entertainment programs, including Nightline, The Today Show, and Access Hollywood. Volunteer musicians have played for more than 500,000 people nationwide since MOC’s first performance in 1999. Michael received the 2014 President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Obama for his work with MOC and he remains an active member of its Board of Directors.
From creating an essential educational video for children to incubating a web platform, Michael has a passion for personal and professional growth and makes it his mission to optimize himself and all of his diverse endeavors.
A born and bred Manhattanite, Michael moved to Montclair, NJ in 2014 with his awesome wife, Jenny, and two fantastic kids, Lucy and Rainen.